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Once Upon A Time in Hollywood- Tarantino's swan song?

by Alyssa Zanon. Published Mon 08 Jul 2019 14:08, last updated: 08/07/19

Excitement is mounting in the run-up to the release of the latest flick Quentin Tarantino flick “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”.

The ninth feature film from the “Pulp Fiction” director features multiple storylines as a his tribute to end of Hollywood’s golden age in what could be Tarantino’s own swan song.

The movie’s action takes place over three days in 1969: February 8 and 9 and August 8 which was the date of Sharon Tate’s murder.

This was also the sunset of move greats like John Wayne, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn and the career peaks for the likes of Steve McQueen and Barbara Streisand.

“Once Upon a Time…” will be released in the United States on July 26 and on August 13 in the UK, following positive reviews of the premiere at Cannes.

Industry trackers are predicting the film will gross around $30 million in its opening weekend in the US, with some estimates as high as $50 million.

Tarantino is a cult figure famed for his breakthrough movie Pulp Fiction, along with hits like Django Unchained, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds.

The film scored a six-minute standing ovation in Cannes and all the critics had no doubt in saying it will be regarded as one of Tarantino’s masterpieces.

But there are also suggestions that it may be his last movie, his final love letter to the film-making era that made him fall in love with cinema as a kid.

With a budget of $90 million Tarantino has brought together a talented cast from all corners of the industry to bring his ode to the '60s to life.

Take one look at the cast list for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and there may be more than one jaw hitting the floor.

Leonardo di Caprio plays Rick Dalton, an actor who has been working in Hollywood for years but finds his star power fading fast in 1969.

Brad Pitt is Cliff Booth, Rick’s stuntman and right hand.

Margot Robbie takes the part of Sharon Tate, who was sadly murdered in August ‘69 while she was eight and a half month pregnant, by followers of the Charles Manson cult.

The cast also includes Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russel and Emile Hirsch.

Tarantino has not denied that this film might be his last.

In a podcast he said: “If [Once Upon a Time] is really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10. Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”

Cynics will say this is nothing more than a marketing strategy to promote the film but Quentin has never been so serious in his life.

He added: “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road.

“I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”


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